Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed 25 people during raids in a Sunni village south of Baghdad.
The officials say most of the dead are members of local Sahwa, or Awakening Councils -- one of several names for the Sunni fighters who changed the course of the war when they revolted against al Qaida and joined the Americans in late 2006 and 2007. They are also known as Sons of Iraq.
Mustafa Kamel, a Sahwa leader south of Baghdad, said the attack took place late Friday in Arab Jobour village, about 15 miles south of Baghdad.
An official at Iraq's Interior Ministry confirmed the attack and said the victims were 20 men and five women.